Among the dark mornings, early nights, dropping temperatures and interminable greyness, there’s one beacon of goodness in winter – a nice jumper. The perfect antidote to all that’s depressing about the bad weather, a good knit is the fashion equivalent of an open fire or a Sunday roast. But just because knitwear might inhabit a nostalgic part of the mind doesn’t mean it has to look like it could have been made 100 years ago or hand-knit by your gran. This season has seen it evolve to match the look of the most important trends, so this new breed of knitwear elevates everything from luxe grunge to streetwear.
Any adherent to the pared-back principles of Northern European dressing understands the importance of the careful choice of interesting textures in their look. This evolution of knitwear pairs particularly well with sports-inspired technical fabrics.
Just because it’s a knit, doesn’t mean it has to be a crew neck. Keep your eyes out for knitted takes on classic silhouettes, with knitted bombers being the perfect candidate for your new go-to winter layer.
The longshoreman’s favourite, heavyweight jumpers have a rugged and rural appeal. Refreshed this season by new colours and patterns, these pieces have crossed the boundary between classic and contemporary.
Grunge is set to be a dominant trend over the next year, but its ripped jeans and check shirts aren’t hardy enough to put up with a harsh winter. Enter the laddered jumper, a piece that takes the trend’s distressed look and oversized shape and makes it relevant to the new season.
No matter what style you favour, a well-made, comfortable jumper is key to tying together winter looks. These timeless pieces are worth the investment; they’ll work with whatever you wear, wherever you’re going.